Last Saturday my wife and I rode our first ever over night leaving directly from the driveway
Since we started bicycling 2 years ago, any trip of over 25 miles involved driving a car somewhere first. A typical day trip might have us driving to the Chicago Lake Front, loading our bikes on a train to the far north suburbs, and bicycling 50 miles back to the car.
Overnights involved 2 cars. We would drop car A off at one end of the route, and drive car B to the other. Then we’d bicycle back to car A with an overnight night between. If we used only one car, someone would meet us at the end of the route and drive us back to our car.
But there were no cars last Saturday and Sunday. We did the A B C Quick Check in the garage, jumped on the bikes, and headed out in a light rain for the Indiana Dunes State Park, 50 miles away. It was bright and sunny by the time we got half way there. We overnighted in Chesterton, IN and biked home Sunday.
We’re finally learning how to pack for these things, too. We used absolutely everything we packed in the trunk bag and panniers, except for repair stuff like tools and tubes, and night riding stuff, like lights and reflective vests.
This was also our first back to back 50 miler. It was great!
Look out world. Here we come!